Do you like to decorate for fall?
This is my favorite season, and I always get so excited to bring little touches of fall into my house – but, I as much as I adore fall, I tend to prefer to keep things simple. A cozy candle here. A super plush blanket there. A couple of pumpkins grouped together…done!
Some years I’ve done more, some years I do nothing…but in the last few years, I’ve decided to keep things extra sparse with more of a fall feel than a full-out redecoration for fall.
I put together this little resource guide for you with everything you need to accomplish a simple and cozy fall of your own. Think of it as your guidebook for how to get a fall feel in your house without it looking like a pumpkin tornado came through.
Are you ready to jump right in? Let’s get fall started around here, shall we?!
The comprehensive guide to simple fall decor
I’ve tackled a few fun little fall-themed DIYs over the years – here’s a roundup of every one of them!
- DIY Thankful Chalkboard Sign
- Carved Wood Pumpkins
- Painted Dollar Store Pumpkins
- Fall Tablescape Ideas
- DIY Burned Wood Candlesticks
- A cozy fall front porch
I also have this post all about how to bring a little hygge into your home (with a fun 7-day challenge!), and this fall bucket list!
Decorating Tips & Tricks
Now, let’s talk about actually decorating for fall. Just like with any decorating, there’s no right or wrong way to do it – it’s an art, not a science, and it’s all about what you like. Some people want every inch of their home covered in pumpkins, and some people just want to light a pumpkin pie scented candle and call it a day!
Here are a few of my favorite tips for capturing a fall feel in your home without stressing yourself out.
- It’s all about texture. For me, the best way to get an effortless fall feel in your home is by adding some serious texture. In my house, this means I usually add a few extra wood cutting boards to my counters, swap some decor out for things that are more deep and textural (like wooden bowls versus marble ones), and add a couple of extra cozy blankets. Think wood bowls, plush fabrics, thick knit pillows, and more elements of nature. A few simple swaps will go a long way!
- Make it cozy. Sometimes it’s not even about decor – there’s nothing that feels more fall to me than a candle burning, soft music playing, and crisp air floating in through the windows. Bonus points if I’ve just cleaned my counters with some Mrs. Meyer’s Acorn Spice spray.
- Swap out your textiles. If you really want to change something a little more noticeable, now is the time to make a few changes to the textiles in your home. Add a really cozy blanket to the back of your sofa or the foot of your bed, get a few new throw pillows (I love neutral-colored but really textured pillows for fall!), or put a pretty, plaid runner on your table.
- Bring in the outdoors. If you have any faux stems in your house at all, fall is a great time to switch them up! I’ll link a few of my favorite greenery stems with a fall feel below, but this is such a simple and impactful way to make things feel a little more cozy.
- Now add the obvious. Once I’ve taken the time to make some simple changes with things like greenery, blankets, texture, and other not-so-obviously-fall things, then I’m ready to grab some “official” fall decor and sprinkle it around. If you’ve taken the time to kind of set the stage and create a bit of a fall feel in your home before a single pumpkin even crosses the threshold, you’ll notice that you feel like you “need” a lot less stuff and it’s a lot easier to keep it simple! At this point, I start sprinkling in a few fall decor pieces on my shelves, my counters, or other surfaces where I display stuff. It’s not about overloading anything, it’s just about replacing a few things here and there with a pumpkin or something else that really screams “fall” to you. I kept it really simple this year, and I love the final product.
Fall decor essentials
Now, it’s obviously not essential to buy anything to make your home feel like fall. You can accomplish a lot with what’s already in your house and, honestly, sometimes just moving a few things around is enough to make your home feel refreshed!
But if you do want to grab a few new things for your fall home, here are a few of my favorites this year.
A blanket is one of the best ways to add some cozy texture to your home. I like to toss them over the back of my couch and our accent chair. Click here to see how I store all of our extra blankets (we have a lot!).
Here are a few blankets I’m loving this season.
Happy fall decorating!